Courthouse Square Public Art

Imagine Art Here CHS



The Art in Public Places Committee (APPC) and the Public Art Program are seeking input from the community during the planning for a new public art project in Courthouse Square. Results from this survey will inform the development of a “Call for Artists”. The APPC is committed to planning and implementing the project with robust community engagement and public participation.

Please take a few minutes to respond to the survey. More opportunities to participate in the planning of this project will be announced in the near future.


The approved Courthouse Square master plan identifies an area along 4th Street dedicated to public art. During the design process for the reunified square, the public expressed a strong interest in two art projects for the square: restoring the Ruth Asawa panels AND the installation of a new public art project. The Ruth Asawa panels are being stored until a new fountain structure can be built. Funding for the fountain was not included in the original project budget, and so the City has been fundraising for this addition to the square. Funding for the new public art project is a combination of the required 1% of the construction budget for the square, and in-lieu fees from private development required to meet the City’s public art in private development ordinance. These sources of funding can only be used for public art.